Twelve Bikes from the FISE World Series 2018 - Chengdu, China

Nov 4, 2018 at 23:17
by Simon Nieborak  



We’ve seen riding, we’ve seen a huge array of tricks, and now, finally, the results are in. But what about the bikes that have to handle big tricks, crashes, and the occasional 'ghostie' like the one above? Well, we knew you’d want to see them, so we caught up with the top 12 riders from the weekend to see what kind of rigs are carrying these guys through the course. Let’s dive in.

Mongoose made a scene on the course this weekend with three of their Fireball frames making it through to the top 12 Josh Hult piloting this one.
Mongoose made a scene on the course this weekend, with three of their Fireball frames making it through to the top 12, Josh Hult piloting this one.

Tom Isted pushed his GT La Bomba to its limits this week.
Tom Isted pushed his GT La Bomba to its limits this week.

Lucas Huppert and his custom painted Trek Ticket.
Lucas Huppert and his custom painted Trek Ticket.

Brayden Barrett Hay and his blacked out Mongoose Fireball.
Brayden Barrett/Hay and his blacked out Mongoose Fireball.

Last years Chengdu winner and Rose Bikes athlete Lukas Knoph and his The Bruce.
Last years Chengdu winner and Rose Bikes athlete, Lukas Knopf and his The Bruce.

Paul Couderc making it into 4th place yesterday aboard his Commencal Absolut.
Paul Couderc making it into 4th place yesterday aboard his Commencal Absolut.

Simon Pages and his Calibre Astronaut a fitting bike for a guy who sent it to the moon this week.
Simon Pages and his Calibre Astronaut, a fitting bike for a guy who sent it to the moon this week.

Viktor Douhan took his NS Decade into 5th place yesterday.
Viktor Douhan took his NS Decade into 5th place yesterday.

Paul Genovese stands with his Mongoose Fireball one of the three Fireball s that made it into the top 12 this weekend.
Paul Genovese stands with his Mongoose Fireball, one of the three Fireball's that made it into the top 12 this weekend.

Coming through with one of my favourite colour schemes of the week... and also third place yesterday Alex Alanko and his Canyon Stiched 360 Pro.
Coming through with one of my favorite color schemes of the week... and also third place yesterday, Alex Alanko and his Canyon Stitched.

Second place finisher Timoth Bringer and his Polygon Trid.
Second place finisher, Timothé Bringer and his Polygon Trid.

Having smashed the competition yesterday it was only right that we took a closer look at Tomas s rig.
Having smashed the competition yesterday, it was only right that we took a closer look at Tomas's rig.

And she s a sight for sore eyes.
And she's a sight for sore eyes.

Canyon knew what they were doing when they designed this thing.
Canyon knew what they were doing when they designed this thing.
A custom painted Stiched 360 Pro frame with a paint drip style. Sitting just above that an Odyssey gyro keeps those pesky brake cables from getting tangled.
A custom painted Stitched frame, with a paint drip style. Sitting just above that, an Odyssey gyro keeps those pesky brake cables from getting tangled.

SDG covers the seating department.
SDG covers the seating department.

The fast rolling Continental Race King s sit atop a Novatec wheelset giving Tomas the momentum to get over these booters.
The fast rolling, Continental Race King's sit atop a Novatec wheelset, giving Tomas the momentum to get over these booters.

If you didn t know it was a paint design you d think he d rode through a very muddy puddle. In the near distance Rockshox making the ride a smooth one.
If you didn't know it was a paint design, you'd think he'd rode through a very muddy puddle. In the near distance, Rockshox making the ride a smooth one.

The Avid BB7 road brake offers the stopping power.
The Avid BB7 road brake offers the stopping power.
The Truvativ Descentant crankset aids the pedal power while NC-17 pedals keep his feet glued where they need to be.
The Truvativ Descendant crankset aids the pedal power, while NC-17 pedals keep his feet glued where they need to be.

Because who doesn t love Spongebob
Because who doesn't love Spongebob?

The components consist mostly of Sram along with a Novatec rim and hub set up.
The components consist mostly of SRAM, along with a Novatec rim and hub set up.

Solid designs left right and centre from the bike to his helmet and even the clothes on his back or legs in this case .
Solid designs left, right and center, from the bike to his helmet, and even the clothes on his back (or legs in this case).


Photos and words by Dan Griffiths at Moonhead Media



34 Comments

  • + 21
 A Mongoose Fireball is $750 from Amazon. You can't beat that for a DJ bike, damn.
  • + 5
 calibre astronaut is £550 i think. very recent release
  • + 2
 @hxnrywhite: Does Calibre ship stateside?
  • + 2
 is the fork worth it/decent for a regular joey not going huge?
  • + 2
 @ninjatarian: They do, through the gooutdoors website, but once you factor in shipping and the currency change, it ends up a little more expensive than the Fireball. Not much, but just a little more.
  • + 5
 @Svinyard: The Circus is a decent fork in general, for anyone.
  • + 18
 I know it's just a name on a piece of metal but seeing Mongoose, Diamondback and GT on a resurgence lately just makes the old school bmxer in me super happy.
  • + 1
 I didn't see a diamondback there.
  • + 2
 @DarrellW: there wasnt, I only mentioned it in relation to the other brands in relation to being old bmx brands.
  • + 2
 @tigerteeuwen: they're all brands that make good bikes but have sullied/continue to sully their names by putting their badges on Walmart bikes. Why??
  • + 2
 @alexhyland: I don't know.. but I am glad they have finally started to learn from those mistakes.
  • + 1
 Have you been living under a rock? Gt's been around the whole time lol
  • + 1
 @AdeMiller: probably more to do with the companies that own the name of the brand rather than the bike companies themselves. Just seems very short sighted, once you get that reputation it's very difficult to get your prestige back. Just look at how long it has taken Saracen to be taken seriously again.
  • + 9
 At what point do these guys start riding FS slope bikes? Seems only the top guys on the diamond tour ride them.
  • + 10
 This course was basically a pack of jumps so to have rear suspension would act only to slow them down on that course, bigger slope courses with boner logs , stepdowns and drops see a lot more Slope bikes as opposed to HTs
  • + 1
 It’s funny these bikes actually look a little oldskool to me. Yeah I know they’re all brand spanking new but the setups with quite tall saddles and what appear to be bigger chainrings remind me of the bodged together xc bikes we used to jump back in the day. They seem quite different from the super low slope bikes we’re used to seeing on the tour.
  • + 3
 @iqbal-achieve: the high majority of the guys on diamond tour are back on hardtails anyway. At RB joyride i think it was only Emil Johanssen and Rheedar on full suss
  • + 1
 @cameronumf: you’re right, definitely been a shift back to hardtails. There were even fewer this than last year and I remember only a handful last year. Seemed like even the guys who were on the fs bikes was maybe more sponsor obligation than preference but I’m only speculating.
Perhaps if you have a hit/ landing go bad enough you need the squish then your run is buggard anyway so might as well go all in with the lighter, more manouvreable, more predictable to launch hardtail?
  • + 1
 @iqbal-achieve: Modern courses are well designed, jumps are bigger but they are smoother and well planned out (for the most part) so a full suspension isn't always needed. Compare this year's Joyride course to the ones back in the day for example.
  • + 3
 Wow, is it just me or is the Mongoose seat tube angle really slack?
  • + 5
 It's totally just you
  • + 0
 I think the BB is just quite far forward is all.
  • + 2
 That orange stitched Drool
  • + 1
 how does lemoine run a gyro without drillin holes in his frame, wanna do that too
  • + 1
 NC17 makes a plate that goes under the headset cup.
  • + 2
 I do not like Sponge Bob.
  • + 3
 Well he looks dead (undead) on the head tube. So that kind of covers haters and lovers.
  • + 1
 What happened to steel???
  • + 1
 Yeah, where's the steel? (Mines in the shed till next summer)
  • + 1
 Cool coverage!
  • - 3
 I am wondering why I was ever attracted to DJ bikes at all....
  • - 3
 Who hates mongoose?? Lol..
  • + 3
 Everyone, and then they either ride one or watch a Chris Akrigg video - that usually does the trick...

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